What renovations did you undertake? We spent two weeks before we moved in recarpeting, repainting, removing a conservatory and installing new window dressings and light fittings throughout. A few months later we added a new kitchen, and another few months later we completed new landscaping at the front of the house.
We then painted the exterior, all in time for our wedding – we got married on the front steps. That set us up for five years, after which we did more major work like new bathrooms, redoing the pool fence and deck, extensive remedial work on two balconies and removing an old chimney.
What’s your favourite feature of the new space? The redevelopment of our rear deck has made the outdoor area so much more pleasant and usable. The seated nook outside by the pool would be our favourite space. It’s gone from a messy corner housing the dog kennel and barbecue to the most utilised space outside. It feels like an outside lounge – we can sit there in the morning or evening and it’s cosy and protected, and great for entertaining.
How do you keep inspiration alive in your space?
I change the space all the time. It never stays the same for longer than a couple of months. The Zen garden in my courtyard catches the morning light, which moves over to the front of the studio in the afternoon, so the constant bright light keeps me feeling happy and inspired. The new addition of vintage display cabinets I bought from Victorian Gilt have added a touch of old that I was looking for.
MASTER BEDROOM/ENSUITE Auckland artist Flox is a close friend of Cathy’s. She painted the mural beside the pool, and this piece in Cathy and Martin’s bedroom. The couple only made the decision to make over their ensuite after the guest bathroom was renovated and it became clear that the ensuite could do with some love, too.